The Health Informatics Office is committed to ensuring Utahans are the healthiest people in the nation and that Utah is the place where all people can enjoy the best health possible, where all can live, grow and prosper in healthy and safe communities.
If you are interested in learning more about any of the projects listed below, please contact the HIO office.
The Department of Health Master Person Index (DOHMPI) provides ongoing linkage of multiple public health information systems for both operational and research purposes. DOHMPI provides for automated extraction, translation, and loading (ETL) from source systems, record linkage using a proprietary mix of probabilistic and deterministic methods, and automated triggering of workflows based on positive matches between source systems, such as when a person identified in a death record matches a Medicaid eligibility record.
The following programs are integrated with DOHMPI and several more are in the pipeline:
- Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ Screening)
- Baby Watch Early Intervention Program (BWEIP)
- Birth Registry (child and mom)
- Cancer Registry
- DWS - Child Care Subsidy
- Death Registry (EDEN)
- Immunization Registry
- Newborn Hearing
- Office of Home Visiting (OHV)
- Professional Licensing (DOPL)
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
(Data partner list as of February 2021)
Identity Linked Data Warehouses
DOHMPI currently provides data to the following data warehouse:
- Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems (ECIDS)
The following notifications are available for consumption via the DOHMPI API:
- Identification of the same identity across multiple source program(s)
- Program-specific death notifications
- Program-specific identity deduplication notifications
If you are interested in learning more about DOHMPI and how your program can connect and use the various DOHMPI services, please contact the HIO office.
Informatics & Data Analytics Tools
Opioid Dashboard: Staff from the Health Informatics Office collaborated with the Violence and Injury Prevention Program in the Division of Disease Control and Prevention to launch an interactive dashboard that tracks opioid-related metrics. The data dashboard provides a central location for users to monitor opioid-related trends from multiple data sources, and it will allow community partners access to timely data to help raise the awareness of the opioid epidemic taking place in Utah.
Opioid Dashboard for Internal Users: An Opioid Prescription Dispensed dashboard keeps track of the number of Opioid prescriptions dispensed week by week. The dashboard allows the user to break down results by time frame, opioid type, and Local Health District. (A collection of counties. The State of Utah has 29 counties and 13 local Health Districts.)
A Suspected Overdose Deaths dashboard keeps track of weekly deaths that are suspected of being related to Opioids or other drugs. The top line chart counts deaths suspected of being related to non opioid drugs and the bottom graph shows counts of deaths suspected of being related to Opioids. This dashboard can also be broken down by Local Health district and Opioid type.
Staff from the Health Informatics Office (HIO) has developed and is currently evaluating a Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Application Programming Interface (API) that provides immunization data from the Utah Immunization Information System (USIIS) to EpiTrax, Utah’s integrated surveillance system. This integration will provide epidemiologists with up-to-date immunization data directly within their surveillance system. This is the second API that HIO has developed to increase interoperability between EpiTrax and Department of Health information systems; the first was an API that linked the infectious disease data sets with the mortality data.
Falls among older adults is preventable and can be mitigated through community efforts led by the UDOH Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP). One effort spearheaded by HIO is leveraging Utah’s Health Information Exchange to notify providers and care managers of their patient’s fall risk. The goal of this effort to reduce fatal and nonfatal falls among older adults in Utah to improve quality of life, increase independence, and decrease economic burdens.
Staff from the Health Informatics Office (HIO) is developing an API to push prehospital data from the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness (BEMSP) cloud-based vendor to a Department of Health (DOH) hosted database. The data push, will make it possible for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness (BEMSP) to 1) create a sustainable way to receive, store, and access prehospital data in a timely and efficient manner — circumventing the current lengthy download process, 2) develop a robust quality assurance (QA) process to ensure timeliness and completeness of the prehospital data, 3) easily use third-party software for data and visual analytics, and 4) use the prehospital data to support BESMP quality improvement projects.
The HIO office, in collaboration with the Division of Disease Control and Prevention, is working on deploying an automated channel to provide the "UDOH COVID Lab Result Notification (UC-LRN)" service to Utah Health Information Network (UHIN). This information exchange mechanism will leverage UHIN’s Master Patient Index (MPI) and facilitate the process of providing timely alerts to providers to improve care coordination, leading to better quality of care and improved patient outcomes.
This project is underway and plans to review and analyze existing systems and tools at the UDOH and design system enhancements and health information exchange improvements. Given increased and more urgent need during the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies, the project aims to: 1) enhance Utah's integrated Electronic Death Reporting System (EDRS), with additional information related to COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 that is reusable for other public health emergencies; 2) design usability improvements for the Medical Examiner (ME) case management system so that MEs can access and view lab results in one place, with a unified interface; and 3) develop new Health Information Exchange (HIE) channels to ensure efficient data capture and timely reporting of COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 associated deaths to NCHS, UHIN, academic institutions, and other state jurisdictions.
Sustainability is a key element of successful implementation in interoperability projects. The following projects are in production and are actively maintained by the HIO staff
Health Informatics Office (HIO) staff worked with the Utah Cancer Registry (UCR) and Violent Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) at UDOH to enhance the automated reporting of death information to these programs. The data automation channels automatically identify and transmit updated records once every 48 hours. The interoperability work with the UCR was submitted as a success story to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR).
The Health Informatics Office (HIO) worked with the Office of Vital Records and Statistics (OVRS) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to develop a fully automated process to send, transfer, update death records between jurisdictions, NCHS, and Utah. The National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) is a legislatively mandated data program, actively collecting, analyzing, and disseminating vital statistics, including mortality data. The Office of Vital Records and Statistics (OVRS) is required to send all mortality records to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) as soon as a death is registered. HIO staff developed several processes to automate the following national mandated tasks: 1) transfer of out-of-state deaths to appropriate jurisdictions and 2) transfer of all Utah death records to NCHS, 3) the automatic import and update of bridged-race and ethnicity codes from NCHS to OVRS database tables, 4) automatic import and update of ICD10 codes for causes of death literals from NCHS to the relevant death record, 5) automatic import and update of out-of-state mortality records into OVRS database tables. The implemented process removes the manual intervention and continues to facilitate increased interoperability between Utah’s vital statistics system and NCHS, leading to more timely and accurate death data.
Staff from the Health Informatics Office (HIO) developed an automated process for the daily extraction and transfer of COVID-19 related deaths from the Office of Vital Records’ electronic death registration system to the Bureau of Epidemiology. The process identifies COVID-19 related deaths through three mechanisms 1) through registration by the Office of the Medical Examiner, 2) through natural language processing, and 3) ICD-10 codes from the National Center for Healthcare Statistics (NCHS). The secure, unattended asynchronous extraction and transfer provides the BOE access to timely data to aid the Utah Department of Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staff from the Health Informatics Office (HIO) worked closely with the Cannabis Medical Program’s Electronic Verification System (EVS) vendor to deploy a more secure version of an application interface program (API) interface that is used to fully automate the verification of the professional license number associated with a qualified medical provider. This integration allows state staff the ability to verify an applicant’s licensure within seconds through the EVS, thus reducing the amount of time spent manually researching data.